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HOW TO: Rocker Switch Installation

I know this is a pretty basic How To, but I couldn't find a good thread which referenced switches that will fit in the switch cluster to the left of the steering column. I wanted to run a switch to toggle my halos on and off, and so I took some pictures so I could document the process.

Estimated time: <1hr.

Estimated difficulty (1-10): 3 (Minor knowledge of electrical wiring is needed)

Estimated Cost: $15 or less

First off, you need to disconnect the battery and remove the switch plugs. The method to remove these has already been covered by Commie in this thread.
(Follow steps 1-7)


I've had a difficult time finding a switch that would "snap" into the cut out. Radio Shack's switches all required a round hole which fit a threaded base to secure the switch into place. I found a source of switches that will snap into the holes with very little modification.

The switch I used for this project is manufactured by Cole Hersee Co. and is item number 58328-100BP. This model has several color lenses to select from. Several other switches they make will also fit into the cutout.


Here is how the switch compares right out of the package in comparison to the plug.



The outer bezel needs to be slightly sanded to fit into the cut out. The plug is 0.95" x 1.54". I used 400 grit sandpaper on a flat surface and lightly sanded until the bezel was close to the plug dimensions. (The plugs fit rather loosely in the cut out, and I found if it overall dimensions of the bezel are slightly larger it will fit snuggly.)



The little tabs on the 3 corners of the hole need to be removed to form a perfect rectangle for the cutout.



I used a utility knife and a small pocket knife to cut out the tabs. (The body of the switch is slightly more narrow than the cutout. It is only necessary to make sure the top and bottom of the cutout are completely flush. Any portion of the tab still protruding will cause the switch to not fit.)



This switch is a DEPENDENT switch, meaning the light is only on when the switch is closed. You can purchase independent switches which have another connector on the back solely for the light.

The switched 12v, is the wire you are running to your accessory.


Another picture with the wires connected. The black is ground, the red with red heat shrink is the hot 12v, in this case connected to my cigarette lighter, and the red with blue heat shrink is the switched 12v, which is the relay to my halos.



There's a perfect connection for a ground right behind the driver kick-panel
[img width=576 height=768]http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab109/o2bsailin/Mazda3-Switch/DSC01322.jpg[/img]


Here is a close-up of the switch before the lens is installed.



The back light isn't a pure while, like traditionally seen in LEDs, this is more of an incandescent yellow color.



And the finished product. (off)


(On)


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The switch does sit a little further back than the surrounding plugs so the ease of toggling the switch is slightly hindered. I'm not too worried about it because this switch will probably not see high use. The switch for the most part matches the black interior, the pictures are deceiving if you are trying to compare the color. The surface is slightly texturized which seems to fit with the theme of the dash. The best part about this install is it's complete reversible and I didn't drill holes into a plug or pay $50 for a factory switch.

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Nice write up dude.

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Nicely done and very clean. Also slightly less ridiculous than my halo switch install.


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nice write up man...do they carry any on-off-on switches that would fit there were you bought yours?


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[quote author=Birdfeather link=topic=164520.msg3487955#msg3487955 date=1262940546]
nice write up man...do they carry any on-off-on switches that would fit there were you bought yours?
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Yup. The cole hersee website uses frames, so it's difficult to link to the exact switch, but I found a .pdf copy of their catalog.

Please Note: The rocker switches labeled &quot;narrow body&quot; or the style shown below WILL NOT FIT. I will save you the time and hassle.



Here are some other Cole Hersee 3-Way switches which will also fit.
58328-103BP (On-Off-On with 2 pilot lights)
58027-07BP (DPDT switch with no pilot lights)

Cole Hersee also makes another 2-way rocker switch with a round pilot light. (I was torn to buy this one instead)
58327-01BP

I bought these switches from West Marine, but that was only because I got a better price because I'm an employee there when I'm at home for breaks from school.







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thanks man i appreciate it!


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ended up going with the 58328-103BP (On-Off-On with 2 pilot lights)........im guessing by the pictures none of the 4 colored lenses or blue....i may end up painting the back of the clear one's blue


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ended up going with the 58328-103BP (On-Off-On with 2 pilot lights)........im guessing by the pictures none of the 4 colored lenses or blue....i may end up painting the back of the clear one's blue
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Yeah, sadly, they don't have much color variety. I would try a hobby store to pick up some translucent paint. Seems from my hobby days they used to use some of that stuff on models to tint windows and other clear pieces. If you were a brave soul, you could pop open the switch and pop in a new led. I will probably eventually buy another switch one of these days to mod a little bit. I would just put in another white LED, because it bothered me that the background light was yellowish.

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haha ya forsure...i got mine today i think im gonna check a hobby shop for like translucent blue paint and paint the clear ones blue...but i will def put some pics up once its in :]


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Good write up man, props to you
Much nicer than my solution to just jam a toggle switch underneath where the center console area meets the floor... :P


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